Jimi Sutton, a retired art educator who earned his art education degree from Elizabeth City State University, called the elimination of the art program at ECSU a “disgrace.”

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Jimi Sutton, a retired art educator who earned his art education degree from Elizabeth City State University, called the elimination of the art program at ECSU a “disgrace.”

Art elimination called ‘a disgrace’

By Corinne Saunders

The Daily Advance

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The University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ decision on Jan. 10 to uphold the recommendation by Elizabeth City State University officials to eliminate degree programs in geology, physics, marine environmental science and — more controversially — studio art, has been met with varying levels of disappointment and outrage.

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Schools dont need art teachers so no need for an art program.

Unfortunately, that's a pretty flimsy argument for keeping a low enrollment program.....we need the program to produce Art teachers. Really? How many art teachers are there? Answer not many. In case no one noticed, most art teacher positions have been eliminated or several schools share an art teacher. There is no demand for art teachers thus no need for a program to train art teachers. This is a universal truth not just an ECSU issue. As schools are forced to allocate resources to core subjects due to federal and state testing requirements, the elective courses (such as art) get cut. I guess you could say that all of the testing that is required of schools effectively ended the need for an art teacher.

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